HK BC Conference

The annual meeting of professionals

Why should you join

Every year since 2015, we invite all BCM professionals in Hong Kong and Macau to join in a one day conference.

Anyone with a general interest in BCM is welcome to listen to presentations from experts, practitioners and relevant vendors.

With around 100 participants, the annual HK BC Conference creates an opportunity to learn from experts and share experience, in short, it allows Business Continuity practitioners to stay in tune with the latest developments in the industry, boost practical knowledge and expand network with peers in the BCM industry. It is THE place to be for anyone working in Business Continuity Management or related areas in Hong Kong.

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Like every year, this year’s conference will feature a wide range of BCM- and Security related topics in presentations and workshop.

We’ll hear the latest from the BCI research publications such as Threat Horizon scan and the Industry Compensation report, and the latest from ASIS regarding the Security industry. We’ll hear about security and BC management in the largest casino in the world. There will be break-out workshops discussing BCM best practice, ranging from beginner introductions to detailed master classes. A case study will analyse how Crisis Communication can go terribly wrong, and a specialist will share insights in the latest cyber security concerns.

During breaks and the lunch (included) you will have ample opportunity to meet with your peers and our sponsors. Discuss your challenges, learn about market developments and share ideas.

If you like to contribute with an interesting presentation, or if you know someone you like to listen to: we’d like to hear about it! A limited number of speaker slots is still available. Please reach out to Willem Hoekstra.

ContinuityGroup Asia 3rd Hong Kong Business Continuity Conference HKBCC 2018

Program 2018 

Some last minute changes were required.

0830Registration & Refreshments 
0900Opening & WelcomeWillem Hoekstra AFBCI, President of Continuity Group and HK BCI forum lead
Tyn van Amelsfoort, Chair of ASIS and Panalpina AP Regional Head of Security
0915BCI Communicating risks with a global workforce
> The amount of employees travelling for business is on the rise, including to high-risk countries.
> Communication is key to risk management and crisis handling for a global workforce.
> Business continuity has a key role in the pre-crisis phase, where it can help build preparedness by setting up crisis simulation exercises, training, and awareness campaigns. BC should be working alongside other teams such as the facilities management, security, and crisis management ones.
> People are the number one priority when designing travel risk management plans.
Lucila Agueda, Research and Insights Analyst, Business Continuity Institute, UK
0945Building Organisation Resilience through ERM and BCM
> Risk and threats that business facing
> What are BCM and ERM focus
> Integration of organisation resilience
Henry Ee FBCI, Chairman BCI Asia Chapter
1015BCM & Vendor dependency risks
> Achieving an Organisational Resilient Ecosystem
> BCM Explained, incorporating vendor risk
> Practical considerations for implementation
Andrew Bissett, Head of Advisory Services, SAI GLOBAL
1045The future of Mass Notification
> Get the message out!
> Lessons Learned from Typhoon Mangkhut
> New ways to account for staff safety
Graeme Orsborn, Everbridge
1115Networking break & Refreshments 
1130Lessons learned from high profile global crisis 
> Leaders are facing the challenge of operating in an environment where disclosure obligations are increasingly stringent, news can go global in an instant and sensitive company information is making its way into the public domain.
> This talk will look at case studies of high profile global and Asia crises in an era of era of social media and the demands for significant corporate transparency..
Duke Malan, Partner HillburgMalan
1200The Human Side of Crisis
> At its core, a crisis tends to revolve around people, things, and communications
> All three are important, but people are the critical element
> Unfortunately, humanitarian efforts during crisis response are often lacking in compassion and structure
> Learn how to avoid some common missteps that can quickly negate the millions your brand spends daily developing customer relationships.
Gus Whitcomb, Head of Group Business Resilience
Cathay Pacific, Group Safety and Operational Risk Management Department
1400BCM Good Practice: a Leading bank case study
> A summary of common practices and exploration of the pursuit of excellence in the a Business Continuity Programme and Incident Management > Case Study: Typhoon Mangkhut – lessons learned
Jason Bailey, Head of Contingency Risk Asia Pacific, HSBC
1430Work Area Recovery, the 2018 way.Mitesh Shah, Director – Workplace Recovery, APAC – Regus
1500Country Risk and Business Continuity
> The key to is tying the country events to business outcomes.
> Financial risks for operations like in South Korea: more exposure than meets the eye.
Marcos Siqueira, Executive Director. Global head of Country Risk, Nomura Intl.
1530Networking break & Refreshments 
1550Are you ready to communicate in a crisis?
> Key areas to ensure readiness to communicate
> Tips on how you can know you are prepared.
Adam Harbord, General Manager Asia Pacific, OnSolve
1620Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
> BC for AI-supported business
> Can AI replace the BCM professional?
Willem A. Hoekstra, Regional Head of BCM, Nomura International (HK)
1640BCM as a profession 
Panel discussion
Panel of BC professionals
1700Closing remarks & End 

BCI Conference HK 2017 V8

Conference Program

What is the theme & agenda in 2017?

” The Rough Road to Resilience “

When & Where

The conference was held on the 9 June 2017 from 9am to 5pm at the Excelsior Hotel in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.


More than 100 professionals participated.


An interesting pool of speakers was lined up.

0830Registration & Refreshments 
0900Opening & WelcomeWillem Hoekstra AFBCI, President of Continuity Group and HK BCI forum lead
Tyn van Amelsfoort, Chair of ASIS and Panalpina AP Regional Head of Security
0915Key-note: BCI – Building a resilient world
> Gearing up for the future: Developments within the BCI
> Highlights of the 2017 threats horizon scan
James McAlister FBCI, Global Chairman of the BCI Board of Directors
1000Pre-emptive security assessment method for new projectsPeter Messervy, Director group security CLP Holdings Ltd
1045Networking break & Refreshments 
1115The importance of Cyber Security from a Law Enforcement perspectiveDicky Wong, Senior Inspector, Cyber Security Division
Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau
Hong Kong Police Force
1145Crisis management, the other way.TBC, Security Risk Management, Hill & Associates.
1330The Future of Work Area Recovery.Mitesh Shah, Director – Workplace Recovery, APAC – Regus
1400How Mass Notification Supports Resilience
> Communication is key to how an organisation can prepare for and respond to unexpected interruptions and incidents.
> Mass Notification gives you the ability to rapidly communicate with specific individuals, teams or all your staff and get real time feedback.
> In the presentation we will share with you examples of good practise when using Mass Notification on The Rough Road to Resilience.
Adam Harbord, MBCI, VP Operations Asia Pacific, Send Word Now
1430BCM Good Practice: a case studyLeigh Farina, Senior BCM Governance Manager, HSBC
1500Networking break & Refreshments 
1520Financial Industry BCM Regulatory Requirements
> The wide variety of regulatory requirements in Asia
> Collaboration with authorities on BCM
Rajdeep Rathi, Senior Analyst. Regulatory, Industry and Government Affairs, APAC – State Street
Willem Hoekstra, Head of BCM Nomura Asia ex-Japan
1600BCM and crisis management of a cyber-incident Panel discussionPaul Jackson, Managing Director Stroz Friedberg (Moderator)
Paul Haswell, Partner, Prinsent Masons
Dicky Wong, Sen. Inspector Cyber Security HKPF
SH Lim, Head of IT Security, HK Jockey Club



Conference Program

What is the theme & agenda in 2016?

” The BCM Professional: Niche specialist or broad generalist? “

When & Where

The conference was held on the 25th of February 2016 from 9am to 5pm at 28th Floor of the Park Lane, Pullman Hotel in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. 


An interesting pool of speakers was lined up. Speakers included:

David James-Brown – Vice-Chair of the BCI Global Membership Council, founding director and Vice President of the Business Continuity Institute (Australasia) Ltd, Queensland State Representative of the BCI, and co-founder of the Queensland BCI Forum.

Title: The BCI and the Threat Outlook 2016

Willem A. Hoekstra – BCI Hong Kong Forum leader. Head of BCM Asia ex-Japan, Nomura International (HK) Ltd. Chair of HKFSBCM Forum.

Title: WISE2015: The first Industry Wide Crisis Management Exercise for the financial sector in Hong Kong

Mike Groves – Hill and Associates

Title: Star Wars: A New Narrative 

Martin Lerigo – Chairman of the Overseas Security Advisory Committee (OSAC)

Title: Incident Management in the Modern Corporation

Leigh Farina – BCM HSBC

Title: Cyber Crisis Management

Danny Chow – Continuity Planning and Response Specialist for the Airline Industry

Title: Specialist vs Generalist

Anna Chan – Marketing Director, North Asia, Akamai Technologies

Title: Cyber security

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